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Friday, March 24, 2017

Photoshop Tutorial: Replicating the 'Ansel Adams' contrast

Some time ago I posted an article on sharpening techniques. One of the Photoshop tutorials included there involved aggressive sharpening of contrasty black-and-white images - I had referred to that as the "Ansel Adams procedure". Well, a few of you asked to know the way to get such a deep black-and-white image in the first place. Today I'll show you the relatively simple steps to that - though, a word of warning: most of the job has to occur already in the field.

Deep black-and-white images can have great affective power

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review of the Nikon micro-Nikkor AF 105mm f/2.8

General
Last week I was telling you how I happened to have come across a copy of a Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm lens and, realizing I hadn't reviewed it yet, I thought to do it now. I also found another great lens that's even older and which I also haven't reviewed yet. Today we'll take a look at the Nikon micro-Nikkor AF-D 105mm f/2.8

Plenty sharp, like every self-respecting micro-Nikkor


Pros/Cons
+ stunning optical quality, no flaws to speak of
+ good construction quality, I'd trust it to take some abuse
+ focus limiter and handy MF/AF switch

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review of the Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 18-200mm

General
I know, this has been around for a while (for quite a while), but I happened to come across a copy and realized I hadn't reviewed that lens yet, so thought to take it for a short test drive. Let me clarify that this is the first-generation 18-200mm lens by Nikon, there's also a newer model (more details and whether you should care about the newer model in the "Final Verdict")

As a walk-around lens it's truly unbeatable


Pros/Cons
+ for those looking for an all-around solution, this is probably the best value out there right now
+ efficient VR, with a separate normal/active mode switch

+ for an 11x zoom, it's quite light and portable